What about source code?

The source code details the way a program works (it is effectively what programmers write). Without it no one can understand how the software is built. It does not matter if you can't read code: whether or not it is available directly affects any user.

No one can look inside

Windows comes without its source code. More than that: all users must abide to the license term that says:

You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the software.

As such, it is illegal to work out how Windows or Microsoft Word are designed. It is even illegal to try. You are also forbidden to modify the program for any purpose.

This restriction in the license makes sure that Microsoft remain the sole organisation that understand how their products work. Windows is very much like a car that only the original manufacturer is allowed to service.


You might say, "How do I change this recipe to take out the salt?" and the great chef would respond, "How dare you insult my recipe, the child of my brain and my palate, by trying to tamper with it? You don't have the judgment to change my recipe and make it work right!"

Richard Stallman, Kenapa Perisian Patut Dibebaskan

Anda boleh mempercayai perisian bebas

Adalah memeranjatkan perisian proprietari sangat lemah dari segi keselamatan, berbanding dengan perisian yang mana kod sumbernya bebas tersedia (termasuklah GNU/Linux).

Perisian bebas bermaksud pengaturcara boleh mengubah kod untuk membaiki kelemahan. Ia juga bermaksud anda boleh mengupah seseorang untuk memeriksa keselamatan perisian anda. Iaitu anda mendapat manafaat daripada sumbangan komuniti seluruh-dunia untuk menambahbaik keselamatan dan kebolehpercayaannya. Lima belas juta pengguna menjalankan GNU/Linux tanpa anti-virus, yang sepenuhnya selamat. Dan pelayan disebalik enjin gelintar dijalankan olehnya jua.

Kod sumber ialah resepi untuk perisian. Bagaimana seseorang dapat menambahbaik satu hidangan yang mempunyai terlalu banyak garam, jika tidak dibenarkan melihat resepi masakan tersebut?

Sebaliknya menggunakan Windows dan Office tidak menanya kita atau menggelintar sumber perisian. Hanya pembangun Microsoft boleh mengubahsuai program anda.

Yang mana anda percayai: pakej terlarang dikaji, atau pakej yang menyertakan resepinya?